Coaching Skills

Live Course

We are deeply committed to helping people engage in responsible practice.

That’s why we developed our foundational coaching skills program. This course introduces learners to the coaching relationship and provides an experiential learning environment in which they develop foundational coaching competencies.

What you will learn

Your Instructor

Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener

Course Details

24.5 credits

This distance learning program uses a virtual classroom for written materials and lectures, and a live web-based platform for instruction. Classes meet twice weekly for six weeks, and require additional time for reading and engaging with the pre-recorded lecture.

Course Schedule

Starts on September 8, 2020
Ends on October 15, 2020

Class Time

Tuesdays and Thursdays
9:00am - 10:30am Pacific

Frequently Asked Questions

Generally, coaches with years of experience with a wide range of clients are not required to take coaching skills. Even so, formal training can be helpful in improving competency even for seasoned coaches. Even certified and experienced coaches take this course.

Coaching Skills includes pre-recorded lectures, readings, quizzes, reflections, and other learning features. The more time you invest in these out-of-class activities the deeper your learning will be. There is generally an hour to an hour and a half of out-of-class material per lesson. We also host optional “office hours” in which students can meet with their instructor outside of class to gain further clarity, engage in deeper practice, and have more informal discussions. We also encourage you to practice the skills taught in class with a peer from the course.

This course is offered in a completely digital format. We recommend a reliable Internet connection.

We focus on coaching theories, frameworks, and specific competencies. We also address some research published in academic journals on coaching and psychology. We also provide additional reading, including research, for those wanting a deeper learning experience.

100% refund available within 24 hours of registration.

90% refund available up to 3 weeks before the start of the course.

50% refund available within 3 weeks before the course. 

Have more questions?

Learning should be challenging and satisfying

We care that each and every student has a peerless learning experience. As a result, we listen to your specific needs and support your learning in a highly personalized way.

What our alumni say

The Coaching Skills Course was instrumental in increasing my confidence as a coach. The skills I have learned have not only shaped my practice as a coach but have also permeated into my everyday life. Friends and family notice my ability to ask powerful questions and listen in an active and engaged manner now more than ever. I highly recommend the course to anyone who is thinking about becoming a coach or is considering using coaching techniques in their work.

Christina Echevarria

Firm Solutions, Newhouse Holdings, LLC

As a survivor of dozens of uninspiring professional development classes, I found Robert’s teaching style distinctive, refreshing and effective. Robert grounds every class in scientific evidence, then adds insights harvested from years of research, teaching, and coaching experience. He does not limit his focus to any one model or coaching approach and I valued the exposure to many. Key to my learning was Robert’s teaching style. He expected students to bring their A-game. He invited us to be prepared, to challenge assumptions, and to never lose sight of the ethics, competencies and humble curiosity that are foundational to professional coaching.

Carolyn Cumpsty-Fowler


This has been one of the best learning experiences I’ve ever had (and I’ve had some great ones!). The high calibre of my fellow classmates was very inspiring, and I have learnt so much from coaching with them – in class and beyond. I would wholeheartedly recommend Positive Acorn to any students looking for robust coach training.

Lucy Orton

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